Public Safety

Almont Park ready for football; baseball is next

Almont's new gridiron: Interim Parks and Recreation Commissioner Chris Cook, left, and Ryan Woods, director of External Affairs for the department, are shown on the new football field at Almont Park. The Mattapan Patriots take the field on Friday. Photo by Bill ForryAlmont's new gridiron: Interim Parks and Recreation Commissioner Chris Cook,right, and Ryan Woods, director of External Affairs for the department, are shown on the new football field at Almont Park. The Mattapan Patriots take the field on Friday. Photo by Bill Forry

It’s been ten years coming, but an ambitious, $4.2 million reconstruction project at Mattapan’s largest city-owned park is now well underway. Almont Park’s marquee addition, a newly-installed football field, will open this week— just in time for the neighborhood’s Pop Warner program to start practices on August 1.

This week, Mayor Martin Walsh added another new element to the build-out at Almont: Heeding calls from residents, Walsh has ordered the project to add a little league baseball field to the next phase of the construction, expected to begin this fall. The baseball diamond will be added to a corner of the park that is now used mainly for cricket— and it will give Mattapan a chance to start-up a youth baseball league next spring.  Read more

My walk in the park took a dangerous turn

DOT PARK : Ed Forry retraced his steps on a quiet path in Dorchester Park on Tuesday evening. This is the same path on which Forry was accosted on Sunday afternoon. 	Bill Forry photoDOT PARK : Ed Forry retraced his steps on a quiet path in Dorchester Park on Tuesday evening. This is the same path on which Forry was accosted on Sunday afternoon. Bill Forry photo

It was not my usual walk in the park.

There I was, late on a Sunday afternoon in July, making my way in broad and sunny daylight through the beautiful 27-acre park near my home in Lower Mills.

As usual, my thoughts were off in a quiet reverie – as I approach my 70th birthday, I no longer move swiftly, yet I remain committed to regular walks to forestall some of the downside effects of aging.

Suddenly, and without any sort of warning, I felt an arm reach around my neck from behind. It seemed at first to be maybe a friend, horse-playing as guys can do, with a sneak-up surprise. But the grip was very strong, and it was squeezing the air out of my lungs and the blood out of my head. This was no friend.  Read more

Disability community marks anniversary of the ADA

By 
India Smith, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 29, 2014

Jerry Donovan and Caitlin Weiler: At the City Hall observance of the ADA anniversary. Photo by India SmithJerry Donovan and Caitlin Weiler: At the City Hall observance of the ADA anniversary. Photo by India SmithOn Thursday, July 24, Boston’s disability community met on City Hall Plaza to commemorate the Americans With Disabilities Act, signed on July 26, 1990. The gathering included people using wheelchairs, people using American Sign Language, and people assisted by service animals, as well as personal care attendants, family members and many other supporters. Instituted four years ago by Kristen McCosh, Boston’s Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, the annual event marks progress toward the full inclusion of persons with disabilities in all aspects of city life.

According to McCosh, the day is not meant for long speeches, but is mainly a time to get together and celebrate. This year’s event began with a procession around City Hall Plaza, following a route that has been made wheelchair accessible in part because of the mandate of the ADA. After looping around City Hall, the parade returned to a tent where several organizations had set up tables. The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and others were offering information. Lines formed at food trucks and a hot dog stand, while Radio 103.3 provided background music.

Dorchester resident Ann Siegel of the Boston Center for Youth & Families was handing out brochures on activities for kids. Many of the center’s programs are in Dorchester and Mattapan.  Read more

Reporter co-founder assaulted, robbed in Dorchester Park

Ed Forry chatted with Mayor Walsh today outside of the Engine 20 firehouse in Neponset.

Ed Forry, the co-founder and longtime publisher of the Reporter, was treated for minor injuries sustained when he was assaulted and robbed by an unknown assailant in Dorchester Park on Sunday afternoon. Forry, 69, was walking alone through the park in the vicinity of the Dorchester Ave. entrance closest to Carney Hospital when the attack occurred.  Read more

Fields Corner-based MassCOSH focuses on worker safety

By 
Dave Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 25, 2014

When Marcy Goldstein-Gelb hears something described as a “freak accident,” a buzzer goes off in her head.

Executive director of the Dorchester-based Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH), Goldstein-Gelb said many accidents described that way could have been predicted and avoided.

“In most cases, it has happened before and will happen again unless we do something,” said Goldstein-Gelb.

MassCOSH’s mission is to advocate for workers facing unsafe conditions, particularly teens and immigrants, who are the most vulnerable, according to Goldstein-Gelb.  Read more

District Attorney: Police did nothing wrong in fatally shooting man who'd pulled a gun on them

Police officers were in legitimate fear for their lives when they fired at a man reaching for a gun in Mattapan on June 2 of last year, Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley said Friday.  Read more

Mattapan man charged with OUI, manslaughter for death of pedestrian last fall

Dervin Hibbert, 53, was arraigned Friday in Suffolk Superior Court on charges of manslaughter by motor vehicle and motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence for the death of a man standing on a Cummins Highway sidewalk last fall, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

A Suffolk County grand jury indicted Hibbert on the charges earlier this month. They carry minimum mandatory terms of five years and one year, respectively, the DA's office says.  Read more

Savin Hill mom tackles difficult topic with book, video

By 
Jacob Aguiar, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 24, 2014

Children who appeared in the video "Spread the Word - Knowledge is Power" produced by Savin Hill resident Nancy Goode Talalas were welcomed at Boston City Council on June 25. Talalas spoke to the council about her proposal to develop a Prevention Through Education curriculum for the Boston Public Schools. Photo courtesy Nancy Goode Talalas

"It is not something I want to do, it is something I feel I have to do," said Nancy Goode Talalas, a Savin Hill resident and author of a children's book titled "My Private Places." The book is meant to educate children about their bodies and give them the knowledge they need to be empowered against sexual predators.  Read more

Police press for discretion over rifle, shotgun licenses

By 
Colleen Quinn, State House News Service
Jul. 23, 2014

Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence founder John Rosenthal joined police chiefs from around the state, as well as Boston Police Commissioner William Evans and former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, at a press conference on Tuesday to express support for a measure giving police chiefs discretion in awarding rifle and shotgun licenses. Photo by State House News Service

Giving police chiefs discretion to decide who should have a license to carry a shotgun or rifle is crucial to prevent gun violence, domestic violence murders and suicides, police officials and other activists said at a State House rally Tuesday.  Read more

Investigators find 12 bodies from former Dorchester funeral home in Weymouth storage locker

A Neponset Avenue funeral director who is already behind bars awaiting trial on charges he stole funeral pre-payments from an elderly couple could be in even more trouble after detectives and pathologists recovered 12 bodies from the Public Storage facility in Weymouth and cremated remains at another self-storage place in Somerville, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.  Read more